Amar'e Stoudemire Injury Update: Knicks Forward Could Return Friday, Mike Woodson Says

The New York Knicks are close to clinching a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, but have been depleted by injuries in recent weeks. Newly minted superstar Jeremy Lin is out with a knee injury and Amar'e Stoudemire is suffering from a bulging disk in his lower back. However, there is now a chance that Stoudemire could return earlier than expected -- perhaps even with a few games left before the end of the regular season.

According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, Knicks interim head coach Mike Woodson says Stoudemire is "feeling pretty good" and that a return for Friday's road game against the Cleveland Cavaliers is "a possibility."

According to Woodson, Stoudemire has experienced no setbacks during his recovery from injury. The plan is to see how the forward feels following practice on Thursday and make a decision from there for Friday's game. Woodson has said he will "absolutely" start Stoudemire when the player is ready to return.

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